State Collects 58,729 Pounds of Drugs During Take Back Day

November 07, 2016 2:02 PM | Sally Winkelman (Administrator)

November 2, Wisconsin Health News - The state collected 58,729 pounds of unwanted medications and prescription painkillers during a national prescription drug take back day on Oct. 22, the Department of Justice said Tuesday.

The state's also increased the number of registered permanent medication return boxes in the state to 295. That's nearly double the 152 in September 2015. 

"The fight against this epidemic isn't over, but with continued effort from citizens, we will save lives," Attorney General Brad Schimel wrote in a blog post. 

In late April, the state collected 62,618 pounds of prescription drug. The amount of collected drugs at that point was third in the nation, behind California and Texas.